Life & TimesMusicThe State of Hip Hop in 2018

Mike Ginn January 4, 2018
The year is now 2018 and it’s been 44 years since DJ Kool Herc gave birth to hip hop at a friend’s birthday party in the Bronx. The young man’s game is not the hip version it claims to be and the lyrics are suspect at best. Is this just an old man’s rant about today’s music? Is it? The thought was yes until… 

Behind the BarClassic Cocktails Every Bartender Should Know: Aviation

Mike Ginn November 29, 2014
In the early 1900’s a new cocktail burst on the scene known as the Aviation. It was invented by Hotel Wallick bartender Hugo Ensslin in New York City. The inspiration behind the drink is unknown, but one would think the fast talking, high flying (metaphorically speaking) socialite gentlemen of the New York scene in the early 1900’s might have been quite the influence for the name. Aviation was first published in Ensslin’s 1916 Recipes for...

Behind the BarThe Tasting Room: Ginbrew (@ginbrew)

Mike Ginn November 29, 2014
In an era of craft cocktails and a pre-prohibition style of mixology, Ginbrew gives you the tools and necessities to make one of the world’s oldest concoctions known to man… gin. Well, to be a little more specific… compound gin. You see, Ginbrew gives you the herbs, the mason jar and the instructions. You just buy the vodka, add the ingredients and infuse it for 7 days.

Behind the BarClassic Cocktails Every Bartender Should Know: Negroni

Mike Ginn October 13, 2014
The Negroni is an Italian classic. Invented in 1919 in Florence Italy by Count Camillo Negroni, the gin based apéritif has long since been many bartender’s favorite drink to make. The story goes that Count Negroni asked his favorite bartender, a gentleman named Fosco Scarselli, to make his favorite drink the Americano a little stronger. By adding gin instead of soda water and adding a orange zest instead of the usual garnish of a lemon,...

The InterviewTV * FilmThe Interview: Roxane Hayward (@RoxaneHayward)

Mike Ginn October 6, 2014
Roxane Hayward has accomplished quite a bit in her 23 years on this planet and is just scratching the surface. From television to movies, this young South African beauty already has a feature film to her credit and is knocking hard on Hollywood’s doors. From stage to camera and even the soundbooth, Roxane Hayward is making noise. At only 23 years of age, you’ve had some exciting opportunities to do some pretty cool things so...

MusicThe InterviewThe Interview: Koncept (@Koncept)

Mike Ginn May 31, 2013
Straight out of Queens and now reppin’ Brooklyn, the Brown Bag All-Star’s Koncept is doing big things and making a lot of noise in hip-hop’s social atmosphere. Get to know more about one of hip-hop’s rising stars. Thanks for taking the time, for those that don’t know about Koncept please take a second and let the people know who you are and what you are all about… Koncept: I’m Koncept, emcee, Brown Bag All Star, snowboarder,...

MusicThe InterviewThe Interview: DONN¥ GOIN€$ (@DonnyGoines)

Mike Ginn May 28, 2013
More than just a rapper, Donny Goines is building a brand. In the almost 2 years since we last interviewed the hip-hop star on the rise he has grown by leaps and bounds. He’s developed his own company, name and is doing big things. For those that don’t know about Donny Goines, you can feel free to do a little background with our previous interview with him. How’s it going Donny? Since last we spoke you’ve...

MusicThe InterviewThe Interview: Da YoungFellaz (@dayoungfellaz)

Evander Wilson III June 19, 2012
Years ago I was hanging out with friends drinking, talking having a good time; when my attention over and over was drawn to the music playing. I asked someone who album was playing and I was told it was Da YoungFellaz Jay Strom and Sho-Biz. This has happened before it is how I became aware that Illmatic was a historical album, that Mac Miller has talent even the fact that I can enjoy Dub-Step. The...